One Minute in the YouVersion Community

During every minute of the day, people around the globe are actively using the Bible App to engage with Scripture. This infographic shares a quick look at what happens in just one minute in the YouVersion Community.

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12 Days of Christmas Come Early as NIV Made Available for Download

Green Download Button from the Bible App™For a limited time, you’ll be able to download the New International Version (NIV) for offline use in the Bible App:

Starting 12:00 AM Thursday, December 1 Central Time U.S. (GMT -6)
Ending 11:59 PM Monday, December 12 Central Time U.S. (GMT -6)

Once again, you’ll be able to download the NIV. If you missed your chance last time, or if you know someone who did, spread the word and make sure you take advantage of this opportunity. Special thanks go to Biblica and Zondervan for making the NIV available to the YouVersion community!


Note: When you look at the available versions on your device, remember to hit the “Refresh” button, to ensure that the list you’re seeing is the most current.


Downloading offline versions:

What does offline mean? Many versions in the Bible App™ are available to download to your mobile device, generously provided by Bible publishers free to the YouVersion community. (And several of these are available all the time—not just during promotions.) When you download a version, you can read it literally anytime, anyplace, even when you can’t connect to your service provider or to the Internet.

Below are links to detailed instructions on how you can download your free copy once the NIV becomes available again on Thursday, December 1. Mark your calendar, and be sure you don’t miss this opportunity!

Get Ready for Christmas with Advent Reading Plans from YouVersion

Advent Reading Plans in the Bible App™It’s easy to get so caught up in the busyness of the holiday season that we lose track of what it’s actually about. YouVersion.com and the Bible App offer several topical and devotional Reading Plans specifically designed to help us remember the true meaning of Christmas. Many of us in the YouVersion community participate in Advent, the period beginning four Sundays before Christmas, using this time to purposefully refocus our hearts toward celebrating the miracle of God coming to earth in human form. Please consider joining us with one of the following plans:

  • Countdown to Christmas is a fun Advent activity calendar, designed to help the whole family learn about the significance of Christmas. Presented by Focus on the Family’s online magazine, Thriving Family. 29 days
  • Christmas Begins with Christ is a devotional focusing on the light, joy, peace, and hope surrounding the birth of Jesus. Brought to you by Tearfund, an international aid agency working to end poverty. 28 days
  • Rediscovering the Christmas Season features selected Scriptures and practical reflections to help you center each day on Christ. Developed specifically for the YouVersion community by LifeChurch.tv. 25 days
  • Carols: A Christmas Devotional is a brand new Reading Plan that looks into the biblical origins of songs written to celebrate the true joy of the season. Developed by LifeChurch.tv for the YouVersion community. 25 days
  • The Christmas Story first presents context for Jesus’ birth from Old Testament prophecy about Him, then turns to the Gospels to chronicle His humble beginnings. Brought to you by YouVersion. 5 days

While each of these plans are directly related to the Christmas season, YouVersion now has more than 200 other Reading Plans you can choose from—some even in different languages. So you can always find a plan that’s just right for your goals.

Reina-Valera 1960 and Chinese New Version Bibles Now Available as Audio

Reina-Valera 1960 and Chinese New Version Bibles Now Available as AudioWe’re pleased to announce two new audio versions of the Bible, available in the Bible App™ right now. Try the New Testament of the popular Reina-Valera 1960 (RVR60) in Spanish, or the modern Chinese New Version (CNV and CNVS) in Mandarin.

Because it’s such a popular translation among Spanish-speaking Christians worldwide, we’re very excited to offer a New Testament audio version of the 1960 update of the Reina-Valera. The Chinese New Version of the Bible is a similar story. First available in 1992, the CNVS and CNV have grown in popularity ever since, particularly among readers seeking a more modern translation in common, “everyday” language.

If you haven’t experienced an audio Bible in your heart language yet, we’d encourage you to explore the versions list in the Bible App. Just look for the speaker icon for audio versions you can listen to as you commute, work, or exercise.*


*Audio Bibles use streaming audio, so be aware of your service provider’s data restrictions. For the best audio Bible experience, we recommend a Wi-Fi connection.


Here’s How to Listen…

Inside the Bible App:

  1. Go to the Bible Reader.
    (In most versions, you get there by selecting “Bible” from the main dashboard screen.)
  2. Tap the “short code” abbreviation for the currently-selected Bible version. The list of all available Bibles displays.
  3. Reina-Valera 1960: Select Español for the language, then select “Reina-Valera 1960.”
    CNVS: Select 简体中文 for the language, then select “CNVS 新译本(简体字版).”
    CNV: Select 繁體中文 for the language, then select “CNV 新譯本(繁體字版).”
  4. Back in the Bible Reader, tap the speaker icon.
  5. When the audio controls display, tap the play button.

To learn more, visit YouVersion’s support site and select your platform (left) and language (bottom). Look under “Other Features” for “How do I listen to audio?”

Volunteers Translate YouVersion into Dutch

When people first learn about the Bible App™ from YouVersion, many reasonably assume that we probably offer at least a few versions of the Bible. But what most probably don’t realize is that the Bible App will allow them to immediately access 160 versions… in 51 languages… entirely free. Most new users also probably don’t know that they can experience all of YouVersion—not just the website, but relevant blog posts, complete technical support, email communications, and the entire mobile version (the Bible App), including all its menus, buttons, and controls—in any of ten different languages. How do we do it? By partnering with you.

The YouVersion community is only possible because of our global network of extraordinary volunteers. People just like you passionately contribute their gifts and talents to ensure that others will also get to know the joy of engaging with God’s Word in their own heart languages. Generous Bible publishers partner with YouVersion too, providing both up-to-date, popular translations and deeply loved “classic” versions. And we’re honored to serve in God’s kingdom alongside all of you. Your hard work through partnerships like these have given YouVersion to the world in English, Norwegian, Spanish, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Russian, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, and German, and now—in Dutch.

Partner Volunteers

Even with great design and engineering, if you couldn’t read the Bible App’s buttons and menus, how would you use it? Fortunately, because volunteers share our vision to make the Bible freely, easily accessible to as many people as possible, no matter what language they speak, many are willing to offer their abilities as translators. And because of their contributions, we’re now pleased to welcome Dutch users into the YouVersion family. Of course, we can always use more help. The Bible App and other YouVersion tools are constantly in development, as we strive to make them not only more useful, but easier to use. As just one example, Dutch speakers can now receive assistance and technical support entirely in Dutch, submitting their requests through email, Facebook, or Twitter. And volunteers are who make it happen.

If you can help with translation into Dutch or other languages, we’d love to hear from you. Serving other YouVersion users—all over the world—can literally change your life. But don’t just take our word for it. Read for yourself what some of our awesome Dutch language volunteers have to say about the reasons they serve:

Dutch Language Volunteer Joshua J.

“When the opportunity came to join in translating the YouVersion Bible App to Dutch, I jumped right in. A lot of Dutchmen are great with English, but it gives you a special feeling to use an application in your mother language. Through the work of Dutch volunteers, the Bible App can now be used as a full-fledged Bible in Dutch churches.”
—Joshua J., Amsterdam, Netherlands

 

Dutch Language Volunteer Annemarieke R.

“A couple of years ago, I bought an iPod touch and got the YouVersion App. When a call for translators got out, I volunteered because I have done translating before. And translating into Dutch is easy for me—I am Dutch born and bred, and I studied Dutch language and literature, even though I now live in the U.S. with my family. I also volunteered because there can be no better cause than proclaiming God’s Word in every language to all people, and modern technology provides the perfect means. May God bless all our efforts!”
—Annemarieke R., Grand Rapids, MI, USA

 

Dutch Language Volunteer Yanick G.

“I was using YouVersion for some time, but I thought it was a shame that some of the youth in my church couldn’t use it because of the language barrier. But instead of complaining about it and waiting for someone else to start working on it, I decided to roll up my sleeves and get to work myself. And that’s how I joined YouVersion’s Volunteer team. It’s been a crazy ride, but now that the project is well on its way, I feel blessed to be a part of such a great international team that made it possible for Dutch-speaking people to engage in the Bible—thanks to the help of YouVersion.”
—Yanick G., Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, Netherlands

Bible Publishing Partners

Of course, YouVersion is entirely centered around God’s inspired Word, the Bible. While volunteers partner with us to make things happen, our community also requires the generous support of Bible publishers and societies. In Dutch, while we already offer Het Boek (HTB) and Statenvertaling (SV1750), we’ve also been working hard to bring you additional modern, easy-to-read versions. Keep checking here on our blog for news about translations into Dutch, and watch the “Nederlands” space in the Bible App and on YouVersion.com’s versions page for new additions!

Brand New from Joyce Meyer and YouVersion: Promises for Your Everyday Life – a Daily Devotional

Joyce Meyer and the Bible App™
Today we’re thrilled to announce that YouVersion has teamed up with Joyce Meyer, internationally renowned Bible teacher and New York Times Bestselling author, to bring you a very special, exclusive reading plan from Joyce Meyer Ministries, called Joyce Meyer: Promises for Your Everyday Life – a Daily Devotional.

Joyce’s desire to make practical, biblical teaching accessible to people in all walks of life is a natural match for YouVersion’s simple mission: To make it easy for as many people as possible to freely connect with the Bible, no matter where they live.

The exclusive, 365-day Promises for Your Everyday Life plan is available right now, only from the Plans section inside the Bible App™ and from YouVersion.com’s Reading plans page. Each practical, inspirational message is designed to be completed in about 10 minutes, to help you make the most of your time in God’s Word every day. And all you’ll need to get started is the Bible App and a free YouVersion account.

Joyce Meyer Ministries provides practical, biblical teaching about subjects relevant to everyday life. She has authored 90 books, and her Enjoying Everyday Life® TV and radio programs are broadcast worldwide, sharing biblically based, inspirational messages that help people discover true fulfillment and joy. We’re so grateful that Joyce has chosen to make this exceptional daily resource available exclusively to our YouVersion community.

With Joyce Meyer: Promises for Your Everyday Life – a Daily Devotional, YouVersion now offers almost 200 reading plans in 10 languages for you to choose from. And with 160 Bible versions in 51 languages, and more than 30 million installs so far, YouVersion.com and the Bible App truly have something for everyone.

Special Webcast on November 30



Please mark your calendar and join us for a special live webcast:

Wednesday, November 30, at 12:00 PM
Central Time U.S. (noon) (GMT -6)

We’ll be sharing what’s going on in the global YouVersion community, and we’ll visit about some developments coming soon to YouVersion and the Bible App™. (Check our Facebook event or the webcast page for details.) And we’ll be setting aside a substantial part of our time for your questions, so think ahead about what you’d like to ask. You just might win a fantastic package: a set of Beats by Dr. Dre headphones with an iPad 2.

We’d love to see as many people there as possible, so please be sure to tell all your friends, and come connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. When you’re sharing about the webcast on Twitter—both leading up to and during the webcast—please remember to use the hashtag #YouVersion.

Here’s the official web page where the webcast will take place: http://www.youversion.com/webcast

Worldwide, Dutch Readers, Speakers Now Enjoy All YouVersion Has to Offer

The Bible App™ and YouVersion.com Now in DutchIf you read or speak Dutch, the Bible App™ and the YouVersion.com website are excited to welcome you to the YouVersion family, no matter where you live in the world. While we currently offer Het Boek (HTB) and Statenvertaling (SV1750) both on the YouVersion versions page and inside the Bible App™ (look under “Nederlands”), we’re working to secure agreements to bring you additional excellent translations in Dutch in the near future.

YouVersion’s simple mission has always been to make the Bible freely available to as many people as possible, no matter where they live or what language they prefer. But Bibles in your heart language are just one small part of that vision. Just as important are all the many ways you use YouVersion’s tools and engage with its community—the entire user interface (buttons, menus, and controls), interactions on social networks (like Facebook and Twitter), email exchanges, reading plans—even full technical support! It’s a worldwide community of passionate volunteers who make it all possible, recently completing the massive undertaking of translating the entire YouVersion experience into easy-to-understand, everyday Dutch, now equally suited for any of the following:

Dutch Speakers “at Home” in the Netherlands. The World Factbook describes the Netherlands as the 60th most populous nation in the world, with 16.8 million people, 96% of whom claim Dutch as their mother tongue. In fact, according to Wikipedia, Dutch is a first language to some 23 million people—as well as a second language to another 5 million.

Dutch Speakers Around the Globe. The YouVersion community is constantly adding more Dutch speakers, with the Bible App installed on devices that list Dutch as their default language from literally all over the world. Besides the Netherlands, Dutch is also the native language of Belgium and Suriname, two neighbors which, together with the Netherlands, make up the three states of the Dutch Language Union. And as many as half a million more native speakers of Dutch are dispersed throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia. YouVersion truly comprises a global community, and Dutch speakers everywhere are important members of that family.

Now, for the first time, you can engage with God’s Word every day entirely in Dutch. Just imagine: no matter where you happen to be, the Bible is literally as close as your mobile device. And it’s always 100% free, with no hidden charges or in-app add-ons to pay for later. Simply download it and set your device’s default language to Dutch or, on some platforms, even specify Dutch directly within the Bible App!

If you speak or read Dutch, we’re excited to welcome you into our YouVersion family! Whether you already love the Bible or you’re just exploring it for the very first time, your language of choice shouldn’t be a barrier that makes it hard for you to enjoy. We’re looking forward to sharing in your journey and discoveries in God’s Word!

Get Bible App for Android Update Now: Improved Search, Bookmark Label View

Bookmarks Screen in the Bible App™ for Android v. 3.6Get the most out of the Bible App for Android. Release 3.6* is available for download in the Android App Market right now. In this update, we’ve added two great new features you’ll want to check out:

Improved Bible Search. For the first time on Android, now you can filter your Bible searches, limiting them to just the Old Testament, the New Testament, the Apocrypha, or to a single book. You can even sort your results to help you more easily find what you’re looking for (displaying them in book order, for example).

Label View. Bookmarks were always great for marking verses you want to quickly jump back to later, and labels made them even more useful. Now label view makes this feature handier than ever. You can see all your labels in one place, then tap a label to see which verses you applied it to. This great tool will help you organize your bookmarked verses for Bible studies, memory lists, or even sharing to encourage others. Check out the Android section of YouVersion’s Technical Support website to learn how to add your own labels.

Please share! It’s easy to start a conversation about the Bible App with your friends. Just tell them what you’re studying in the Bible right now. And if they have an Android device, maybe they’ll let you show them how it works—or even let you help them install it on their mobile. However you decide to use the Bible App, please come and tell us about it on Facebook and Twitter.


*This release supports Android version 1.6 and higher, as well as App2SD.

New Release of Bible App for BlackBerry Faster, with Better Connectivity

The Bible App™ Settings Screen on BlackBerry BoldThe latest release of the Bible App™ for BlackBerry is available now in BlackBerry App World or for direct download to your device. In this major update, version 3.6, besides noticeably quicker overall performance, we’ve also made significant tweaks to help you make the most of your particular network conditions. Here’s what you’ll find under the hood:

  • Faster Performance. The Bible App now responds much more quickly, especially for the features that most of you use most—like Notes, Bookmarks, and reading plans.
     
  • Reading Plan Caching. If you often find yourself with a slow or weak network connection, then sometime when you notice you happen to have a strong signal, you can jump into the Bible App and flip ahead through the next few days of your reading plan. Each day that you view will be stored (cached) into your device’s memory. As long as you don’t completely exit the Bible App (which you can set in the Options on your Home screen), then when you come back later, those days will still be there, and that dreaded “No network available” message won’t interrupt your daily reading.
     
  • Active Network Scanning. The Bible App now constantly monitors your network connection, adjusting settings in the background to try to maintain your signal. It also logs what it determines are its optimal settings, so that in the event your signal is completely lost, it can help you get reconnected as quickly as possible.
     
  • Customizable Network Settings. For the first time ever, from right inside the Bible App, you can actually manually tweak your connection settings (shown). This new feature will let you experiment to find the strongest signal possible, or to disconnect on demand to avoid unnecessary data charges.
     

If you have a BlackBerry, then you know that for all their terrific functionality and usefulness, sometimes these devices can present unique challenges. We continue working diligently to keep bringing you the best Bible experience possible on your BlackBerry.

If you have friends with BlackBerry devices, please consider telling them about the Bible App—perhaps even helping them install it. As always, all they’ll need to take full advantage of its best-in-class features—reading plans, Notes, Bookmarks, and so much more—is a free YouVersion account. And please come connect with us on Facebook and Twitter to let us know how you’re using the Bible App!